Career Girls Take Charge

Posted April 3, 2013 by Michele Cocouture in Building Your Brand
Left to Right:  1) Floral Jacket – Stella McCartney, Wide Leg Pants – Lafayette, Bag – Celine, Pumps – Christian Louboutin 2) Shirt – Isabel Marant, Ankle Pants – J.Crew, Clutch – Tory Burch, Silver Pumps – Stuart Weitzman 3) Blouse – River Island, Tapered Pants – Red Valentino, Shoes – Manolo Blahnik, Bag – YSL 4) Cardigan – Tory Burch, Flared Pants – Rachel Zoe, Wedges – Tory Burch, Tote – Michael Kors

Spring is in the air!  It’s time for you Career Girls to take charge and start fresh with your work and your wardrobe.  Nothing says female empowerment better than a great pair of pants.  Pants have been worn since ancient Medieval times.  However, it was taboo for women to wear pants. Women were not permitted to wear them in the workplace, at school or in fine establishments.  It was only in the 1960s that pants became acceptable and fashionable for Western women.  Since then, the pant (also known as trousers or drawers) has taken on many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns.  It is also a workplace wardrobe staple for many of us career girls.
1) Wide Leg Pant – snug around the waist but loose fitting around the leg.  This is a very forgiving shape for many body types.  Often this cut may have cuffs or pleats for extra detailing.
2)  Ankle Length Pant – this is a fun length for Spring and Summer.  I’m seeing them a lot in bright colors and prints well suited to warmer temperatures and brighter weather.  When paired with pumps they work well for the office.
3)  Tapered Pant – a narrower and form fitting cut.  There are a number of brands that make this cut with stretch in them.  It’s a sleek look that can take you from your desk to dinner.
4)  Flared Pant – this is one of my favorite cuts (it works well with my body shape).  Snug on the hip, narrow on the leg but flared below the knees.  I like to wear these longer with the highest heel that I can manage because it really does give the illusion that your legs are longer!
The key is to try on all the different cuts and find one that works with your body shape.  Just because the cut from one brand doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean that the same cut by a different brand will fit the same.  Also – if they don’t fit exactly how you like them, taking them to a tailor is also an option.  Then you’ll be “wearing the pants” in no time.

About the Author

Michele Cocouture

Michele is a goal oriented and overachieving career gal, style blogger and artist. She spends her days negotiating acquisitions for a Fortune 500 company. Seeking a creative outlet, Michele combined her business savvy with her love of fashion and started a personal style blog with the goal of inspiring other career women one pencil skirt at a time. Michele holds a Master of Business Administration from UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. Learn more about Michele's style by visiting her blog at or you can follow her on